According to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) (2022), "Psychotherapy is primarily a talk-based therapy and is intended to help people improve and maintain their .ental health and well-being" (https://www.crpo.ca/find-a-registered-psychotherapist/what-is-psychotherapy/).
Psychotherapy treats a variety of mental health concerns and disorders including symptoms related to anxiety, depression trauma, OCD, and phobias. Therapy can also help with anger management, emotional regulation, codependency, grief, infidelity, suicidal ideations, peer relationships, parenting, school issues, life transitions, and issues relating to the self (self-worth, self-esteem, self-acceptance).
Although our friends, coworkers, and family members are often well-intentioned, the ones closest to us often provide support in the only way they know how to: to put themselves in your shoes and take on an advice-giving role. This can be especially frustrating when one gets unsolicited advice or advice that is unhelpful, i.e., just forget about it, don’t think about it, just do it, you can do so much better. We may leave the conversation feeling unsupported, unheard, misunderstood, and/or judged.
Therapists are trained to take a more objective stance, something that a person with an emotional connection to you will struggle with. It also helps that we only get to know your side of the story, which significantly reduces bias and allows us to hold unconditional positive regard towards you and your experiences.
Therapists also intentionally make a point of checking in with themselves throughout the session and will often do their own personal work to reduce the risk of projecting their personal emotional reactions onto you. We are trained to go with the flow, to help you reach your goals in a way that is right for you.
Yes and no. Treatment outcomes depend on a number of factors. The following are just a few:
An integrative approach allows for the complexity of human beings and allows me to tailor therapy as needed. One week, a client may need a more solution-focused approach, another week a client may want to do trauma processing, and another week the client may want to focus on coping strategies. An integrative approach gives me the flexibility to meet the client where they are at any given time.
Clients have typically seen noticeable results within 10 sessions or so, however, the length of time depends on each individual.
Factors including readiness for therapy, symptom severity, frequency of sessions, level of engagement, any comorbidities, and goals for therapy will all affect the length of time a client is in therapy.
The first step is booking a consultation to see if we are a good fit. If you choose to proceed, we will book our first session and you will receive an email with the intake and consent form that is to be filled out by our first session. The first 10-15 minutes of the session are dedicated to going over your rights as a client, my legal responsibilities as a therapist, and company policies. From there, the session is yours to spend how you see fit. If you aren't sure what to talk about or how to start, that is something I can definitely help you with.
Insurance coverage will depend on your individual policy. Your policy must include coverage for a "psychotherapist". Please note that a psychotherapist differs from a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or a social worker.
I do not do direct billing. I will send you a receipt once the payment is processed, which you will then need to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
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